Friday, February 25, 2011

Paranormal Activity 2

I had such high hopes for this sequel to one of the scariest movie experiences - Paranormal Activity.

Paranormal Activity 2 is a clever sequel. It is more along the lines of a prequel/parallel story.  You are introduced to a new family about to be terrorized by a demonic force.

This family is related to Katie from the first movie in that Katie and the wife, Kristi, are sisters.

You learn more of the back-story of these sisters in that they conducted seances and dabbled in the occult when they were younger. You also learn, by way of step-daughter Ali, that their grandmother probably made some kind of deal with the demon and it is after Kristi's son, Hunter.

After the home is ransacked, they install security cameras all over the house. Every single time "something" happens you are witness to the same progression over-and-over. Outside, pool, inside kitchen, inside living room, front door, Hunter's room.

Every. Single. Time.

This is part of what makes this sequel intolerable and boring.

The beauty of the first film was that each night, you knew something was going to happen and it kept getting worse. It built a level of tension that you could cut with a butter knife. In this one, there is too much boring video of people walking around and that stupid pool cleaner.

There is only one redeemable moment in the film: when Ali is sleeping on the couch and you see a shadow creep closer to her and when it nears, she jerks awake. That was intense.

Everything else was boring. Instead of calling this DVD the uncut, director's edition, they should have called it: Paranormal Activity 2: The Extreme Bore edition.

They have left it open for another movie but I hope they leave well enough alone. Let's forget this sequel happened.

Paranormal Activity 2

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